Halftime lead not enough in 10-8 loss to Occidental
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's lacrosse team had their senior day spoiled Saturday after leading 5-4 at halftime as the Tigers of Occidental College used five straight in the second half to pull off the 10-8 victory.
Whittier wraps up the regular season 6-9, 1-9 SCIAC and look forward to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament, which is set to begin next week with teams and locations to be announced.
The previous time these two teams met, Whittier was on the opposite end of a 15-7 loss to the Tigers but this time around controlled almost every facet of the game. Taylor Pool started things off with a free position goal seven minutes in. Shaina Denny and Rachel Lansner would add two more within the next six minutes to put the Purple & Gold up 3-1 until Oxy would use three unanswered with two coming from Tori Larson that gave the Tigers their first lead of the contest 4-3.
Under ten minutes to play, Whittier would put together a nice run to end the half with two unassisted goals from Lily Baxter and Pool that gave Whittier a 5-4 halftime edge.
Out of the break, Oxy would change the momentum of the game adding the first five goals within the first 17 minutes, which included back to back man up scores that moved the score to 9-5.
The Poets would put together one final push however and didn't go away quietly using the raucous crowd to their advantage finishing the game off with a 3-1 run, which included two free position goals from Denny and Baxter that pulled WC within two 10-8.
Whittier would win the ensuing draw control and would have a good look in front of the goal with Denny but an offensive turnover and a yellow card on Meesha Robinson would seal the victory for the Tigers as they would escape Memorial Stadium with a two goal victory.
Denny finished the game with three goals on nine shots with two groundballs, two draw controls, and three caused turnovers, while Rebekah Delledera finished with a team high four groundballs, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers.
Nicole Yorba again hit double digit saves finishing with 11 against 21 shots.
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